New columnist shares love of the arts

Special to The TelegraphDecember 6, 2013 

When I moved to Macon as a child in the 1980s, I became involved in the arts scene. And since then, this is the first page I visit each Friday in The Telegraph. For more than three decades, Larry Fennelly has shared the news of the arts with us and fueled my own passion for arts advocacy and our rich creative community.

The column and its writer contributed immeasurably to the life and career I have enjoyed. When I was asked to rotate writing assignments with a man I now call a friend, I jumped at the opportunity.

By way of introductions, the main thing you should know about me is that I am incredibly biased.

What I write in this column will be entirely predisposed in favor of moving you to get out and experience the vibrant arts scene in Middle Georgia. I will not be critical, but rather I hope to inspire you to experience the arts firsthand and form your own opinions.

It’s First Friday in downtown Macon, so you may visit (free of charge) art exhibit openings Friday night at Macon Arts Alliance, the 567 Gallery and Contemporary Arts Exchange. This art is for sale, as is the work featured in Macon Mud’s annual ceramics sale, so you may shop for holiday gifts as well.

Music lovers have a lot of choices, including the Jazz Association of Macon’s Holiday Jam. Also, Music & the Arts at Vineville (United Methodist Church) presents a free holiday concert, “Joyeux Noel”; guitarists Steve Baughman and Robert Bullock perform in Macon Concert Association’s series at Wesleyan College’s Burden Parlor; the Choral Society of Middle Georgia is presenting its annual performance of Handel’s “Messiah” at St. Joseph Catholic Church; and Mercer University’s Robert McDuffie Center for Strings will perform a concert of “Masterworks” at Fickling Hall.

Families have four wonderful live performance options to enjoy. On Friday, Macon Little Theatre opens “The Wizard of Oz,” Theatre Macon opens “The Sound of Music” and the Perry Players begins its run of “Every Christmas Story Ever Told ... and Then Some.” On Wednesday, “The Nutcracker” opens its 28th annual production at the Grand Opera House. And Friday, NewTown Macon will screen “The Polar Express” free of charge at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.

One third of these events are free. Only two cost more than $20 to attend. This is your personal invitation. See you soon.

Contact J. Cindy Hill at hill_c@mercer.edu.

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